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SITE SPECIFIC EXPLORATIONS IN ANIMATION


The Toronto Animated Image Society, Onestop Media Group and Art for Commuters are pleased to present In Situ: Site-specific Explorations in Animation.

Six new animations exploring the urban landscape have been commissioned by The Toronto Animated Image Society in conjunction with Art for Commuters. They will be shown once every 10 minutes during the week of October 18, 2010 on the Onestop Network of 270 subway platform screens to an audience of over 1.3 million daily commuters!



WHAT'S THE RUSH?
Direction, animation & concept by Ariel Villaverde
Additional photography by Catherine Solmes

When rush hour hits, commuters’ patience comes to a boiling point.

Ariel Villaverde: Trained as a traditional animator, Ariel has worked in television animation for twelve years. With art direction credit on CBC's "Yamroll" and animation experience for Walt Disney Canada, he has helped design and animate numerous shows for television and the web. His interests also include illustration and comic book art. www.arielvillaverde.com



GLOAM
By Dyan Marie and Andrew Prosser

The sun rises on Bloor Street, the day begins and people pass on by. But the street, though ignored, has a life of its own. Discarded consumer goods become characters in a dance that transforms the base familiar into an encoded choreography, a symbology of cigarette butts, bottle caps, matches, rubber seals, and birth control pills. Out of the refuse blooms…animation.

Dyan Marie: Toronto based artist Dyan Marie, AOCAD, MFA is the founder of Cold City Gallery, ARTATWORK, DIG IN and Bloor Magazine and co-founded C Magazine, and a number of community and art festivals. She is the director of her project space, Dyan Marie Projects, a board member of Toronto’s Art for Public Places Committee, Centennial College Academic Advisory Committee and is the Bloordale BIA creative director. Urban leadership awards include: Canadian Urban Institute’s City Soul, Government of Canada’s Community Builders Award, the Ontario Provincial Government Good Citizen Award and the City of Toronto Clean and Beautiful Award. Her recent photo-performance images and animations establish the body as a transmission system that filters information and in the process gives it visible shape. www.dyanmarie.com

Andrew Prosser: Toronto’s Andrew Prosser is an up-and-coming videographer, writer and contributing editor to Bloor Magazine. He is presently working on a new animation for Bloor LAF, a Festival of Light on Bloor Street in December 2010 and recently completed the video A Mayor For Bloordale available on You Tube.



CHIPPER GOES UNDERGROUND
By Felix Heeb

Chipper goes where he’s not supposed to go: he gets lost in the underground PATH system. So many people here! And they all seem to know where to go.

Felix Heeb: Born in 1967, Felix grew up in Switzerland, close to Zurich. Though trained in Social Work, in 1998 he moved to Canada and found a job at Cine-Byte post-production facility. He worked in this capacity on small independent artistic films as well as on major Hollywood productions for over 7 years. Felix has been interested in and involved with the arts community for a long time. He has volunteered and taken workshops with Trinity Square Video, the Images Festival and several art galleries in Toronto. In 2005/2006 he took part in the workshop “L’Errance” and completed the short claymation film “Le Bonheur – Happiness”, which has gone on to screen at several festivals. He has since completed another short animated film and is looking forward to creating more animations.



CURIOUS LIGHTS
By Kate Wilson

Curious Lights is an experimental animation consisting of several molecular instances where the visual idiom of signage provides a means of persuasive communication.

Kate Wilson: Kate Wilson is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes painting, large-scale wall drawing installation, and sound composition. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a recipient of many awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. www.katewilsonprojects.blogspot.com


THE RAT RACE
By Adeyemi Adegbesan and Michael Brown

Bricks and Cinder Block come alive down at Toronto’s Leslie Spit in this 1-minute animation by Adeyemi Adegbesan and Michael Brown. This discarded material of demolished Toronto buildings takes on a range of personalities. Scurrying out from behind big boulders and clambering up and over slabs of cement sub-flooring, the material orders itself and encounters a little magic, looking east out over Lake Ontario.

Michael Brown is a Toronto-based Artist whose work is often created in unique public locations. He has done several brick installations at the Leslie Spit and at the City of Toronto Archives. In 2008 he crossed Toronto by canoe from West to East, the documentation of this Urban Canoe Trip was presented at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts during the CONTACT Photography Festival. Michael's work has been generously funded by both the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. To stay connected to Toronto and to better understand the city, he rides his bicycle. www.michaeljeremybrown.ca

Adeyemi Adegbesan is a multi-media artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. His disciplines include videography, photography, painting (aerosol and acrylic), digital graphic design, and body art (tattooing). His main source of creative inspiration is the city itself and its wealth of natural beauty. www.soteeoh.com



NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Video by Nick Fox-Gieg

A short inspired by the creepy Lovecraftian "Neighbourhood Watch" signs in the Annex & Little Italy.

Nick Fox-Gieg: Nick Fox-Gieg is an animator and video artist based in Toronto. In 2010, his film Interregnum premiered at TIFF, and The Orange won the jury prize for Best Animated Short at SXSW. His shorts have also been shown at the Ottawa, Rotterdam, and Zagreb film festivals, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and on CBC TV. His projections have been featured at the 2009 Governor General's Awards and in the Broadway musical Squonk; he's performed his live sound and video works at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and the Redcat Theater in Los Angeles.
Fox-Gieg received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004, and his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. He's received Bravo!FACT and Canada Council commissions, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Media Arts Fellowships, Ontario and Toronto Arts Council Media Artist grants, and a Fulbright fellowship to the Netherlands. www.fox-gieg.com


This program was created with financial assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

 




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